Posted by admin | 10.15.2014 | Marine Science

Ocean Facts

molaWhat’s the heaviest living bony fish in the ocean?

Ocean sunfish or Mola mola, have an average weight of 2,200 lb, but can reach up to 5,100 pounds. The sunfish has and average length of 5.9 ft and a fin-to-fin length of 8.2 ft, but specimens up to 11 ft in length and 14 ft from fin-to fin are not uncommon.


oarWhat’s the longest living bony fish in the ocean?

Giant oarfish are the longest bony fish alive; growing to up to 36 ft in length, their snake like body is thought to be responsible for the many mythical sightings of sea serpents recorded in history.


Whale-Shark-HomepageWhat is the largest living fish?

Whale Sharks are slow-moving filter feeding shark, the lack the furious jaws of their cousins, and are noted for being docile creatures. The can grow up to 46 feet in length and weigh upward of 66,000 pounds!


sailWhat is the fastest living fish?

Sailfish can reach speeds of 68 miles per hour! They are members of the billfish family, and can grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh up to 220 pounds! The leatherback differs from its hardshelled cousins ats its body is covered with a leathery like skinn


leatherbackWhat is the largest living sea turtle?

Leatherbacks are the largest of all living turtles and are the fourth-heaviest modern reptile behind crocodilians. Adults average 6.0–7.2 ft in total length, and 550 to 1,540 lb in weight.


blueWhat is the largest marine animal?

Blue whales are not only the largest marine animal, but the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. These animals can reach 100 feet long and upwards of 200 tons in weight. Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. They are also the loudest with a call that reached 188 decibels.


natWhat is the oldest marine animal?

We may never be able to pinpoint this but the Nautilus is thought to be 500 million years old, Jellies 650 million years, and sponges are estimated at 750 million years old!


2013-07-04-boxangel1What is the most venomous marine animal?

Box Jellies have caused at least 5,567 recorded deaths since 1954. Their venom is among the most deadly in the world. Its toxins attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. You have virtually no chance to survive the venomous sting, unless treated immediately